blog posts2016 Campuswide CommencementMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm205 views Exercises set for May 14Academy helps students get down to businessJan 23, 2012 5:30 pm21 views A generation ago, all an entrepreneur needed was an idea and a garage. Now, entrepreneurs need little more than an Internet connection – and, for UI students, the help of a unit on campus that can guide them as they turn their ideas into full-fledged businesses.A Community of PeersOct 21, 2016 9:15 am114 views Resources await at the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher EducationActifOct 21, 2016 9:15 am231 views Startup develops wearable systems for road safetyAct of CongressMar 23, 2017 8:00 am130 views Students play the role of U.S. House members for a semester and gain insights on process, politics and power.Administrative PostsJan 20, 2014 7:45 am48 views Administrative PostsAdministrative PostsJan 21, 2013 3:30 pm19 views Administrative PostsAdministrative PostsJan 23, 2012 4:00 pm26 views Administrative PostsAdministrative PostsAug 20, 2012 3:15 pm13 views Administrative PostsAdministrative PostsAug 22, 2011 3:30 pm106 views Administrative PostsAdministrative PostsAug 26, 2013 10:00 am29 views Administrative PostsAdvertising is UsOct 21, 2016 9:15 am313 views Student group leads in membership, awards and enthusiasmA Family AffairMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm2323 views Celebrating five generations of Illinois studentsAnimators help fight disease, preserve crops, feed the worldJan 21, 2013 5:45 pm20 views A farmer in Burkina Faso learns how to safely store his crops. An entrepreneur in India learns how to truck her harvested grain to market. Thanks to student animators at the U. of I., these people and countless others around the world can also see and hear about the symptoms, transmission and treatment of tuberculosis, or how and when to wash their hands to avoid disease.Art for the sake of self-discoveryJan 23, 2012 5:00 pm213 views Journeys that foster self-discovery are not always easy or pleasant – but can be empowering and liberating, says Elka Kazmierczak, a slender woman with short gray hair and sparkling brown eyes. She seems to vibrate with energy and purpose. At the first meeting of the semester for the Illini Art Therapy Association, Kazmierczak invites participants to take such a journey with her.Art Meets ScienceMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm462 views Murphy Lab Participant/Observer Program creates interdisciplinary learning environmentA summer of fun and GAMESAug 20, 2012 6:00 pm59 views The weeklong camp is geared toward high school students with interests in science and engineering. GAMES includes seven camps, each focusing on a particular engineering discipline: aerospace engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and robotics.Camp Kesem acts as an escape for children whose parents have cancerAug 25, 2014 2:00 pm47 views The little girl chatted excitedly to her dad. As the two waited in the check-in line, she began to list all of the things she loved about camp: the special guest, the other kids, the counselors. She was the typical girl excited to attend summer camp, with one marked difference: two weeks earlier her mom passed away from cancer.Career prep starts early: Even freshmen, whether certain or searching, have things they can doJan 19, 2015 3:00 pm121 views The Career Center at the U. of I. is in a handy spot, across the street from the Alma Mater sculpture on the edge of Campustown.Celebrating our sesquicentennialMar 23, 2017 9:15 am110 views Milestones and relevant connections to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's 150th anniversary. CHAMPS/Life Skills program supports student-athletesJan 23, 2012 4:45 pm96 views The athlete shines on the playing field or the court, in the gym or the pool. That’s the part of “student-athlete” that most UI fans know about. The student part happens out of the limelight, but the record shows student-athletes succeeding there as well.Cheers! Giant smoothie breaks record at ConvocationAug 22, 2011 4:00 pm10 views Dining Services cooked up some excitement at the annual New Student Convocation and the Guinness Book of World Records certified their efforts. The world’ largest smoothie – a 330-gallon pink delight – was created from 960 pounds of yogurt, 600 pounds of strawberries and 105 gallons of pineapple juice.Chinese for a New GenerationMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm299 views Chinese culture and language camp promotes international outlookCoursera shares U. of I. courses far beyond campusAug 26, 2013 12:00 pm15 views As Illinois students took their seats last fall in lecture halls across campus, half a world and several time zones away in New Delhi, Kunwar Apoorva Singh booted up his computer and logged into the Illinois portion of Coursera, the consortium of more than 80 global universities offering free online courses to anyone in the world with access to the Internet.Cricketers maintain their wicket waysAug 20, 2012 4:00 pm38 views On Quad Day, more than 600 registered student organizations set up displays in hopes of attracting new members. Junior Utkarsh Yadav didn’t need to browse. He knew exactly which RSO he wanted to join.Crime alerts to include follow-up notices on arrestsAug 26, 2013 12:30 pm9 views When there’s a serious crime within the campus district, the U. of I. police department sends an email to inform the campus community of the situation. Public Safety officials are planning to use the system to share good news as well.Dear ParentsJan 21, 2013 3:00 pm23 views Dear ParentsDear ParentsJan 23, 2012 3:45 pm11 views Much to my delight, in my first few months as chancellor I have discovered two common threads at this great university: Learning never rests and helping others is a way of life.Dear ParentsAug 20, 2012 3:30 pm7 views There are outstanding universities in every state where a student can get an education. We want to ensure that at Illinois, students don’t just get an education – they have experiences that really prepare them for the challenges they’ll have when they leave this campus. Dear ParentsAug 22, 2011 3:15 pm5 views On Oct.1 during Homecoming I assumed my new responsibilities as vice president of the University of Illinois and as chancellor of the Urbana campus. I want to share with you how excited and humbled I am to have the privilege to lead one of the greatest modern research universities in the world. Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorJan 19, 2015 9:00 am62 views As this issue of Postmarks reaches your home, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign we are moving into the final months of the academic year.Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorJan 20, 2014 7:15 am7 views By the time you are reading this issue of Postmarks, we’ll be moving into the final months of our academic year. It’s hard to believe that another academic year is coming to a close so quickly. And just as those of us on campus find ourselves in a whirlwind of exams, final projects and preparation for graduation, many of you are considering whether Illinois is the right choice for your child next year. Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorMar 7, 2016 9:00 am119 views As you get this issue of Postmarks in the mail, we’re moving into the final couple of months of our academic year here at Illinois.Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorAug 25, 2014 9:00 am4 views By the time this fall issue of Postmarks is in your hands, we’ll be well into the fall semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nearly 7,000 freshmen and more than 1,300 new transfer students joined the Illinois family in August, setting new records for academic achievement. Together with our returning students, they represent every state in the nation and nearly half the nations in the world. The campus is once again full of the energy, excitement and anticipation of what this year will bring us all.Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorAug 26, 2013 9:00 am7 views As you read this issue of Postmarks, we will be near the mid-point of the fall semester. Whether this is your first semester with a son or daughter at Illinois or it is a year of return for your child, we are proud to count them among our students.Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorOct 21, 2016 9:00 am76 views By the time this issue of Postmarks is in your hands, we'll be well into the fall semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorOct 22, 2015 9:00 am89 views By the time you read this issue of Postmarks, we’ll be nearing the middle of the fall semester here at Illinois.Deep passion: Student charting future on Navy submarineAug 22, 2011 5:15 pm34 views What should a little girl aspire to become when she grows up? If you’re asking Kristin Schoemaker, anything she wants. Schoemaker, a junior in nuclear engineering, is preparing to cast off the limitations of an age-old Navy rule prohibiting women from serving on nuclear submarines.Education Students Down Under: Australia study trip gives future teachers a global educationOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm279 views Visiting Australia was on Lindsay Duffy’s bucket list since the seventh grade, the U.of I. junior said. So Duffy “did a little happy dance” when she learned she’d be studying abroad Down Under.Excellent student experience a priority for new chancellorJan 23, 2012 5:45 pm6 views To new Urbana Chancellor and UI Vice President Phyllis M. Wise, education and family are inextricable elements.Extreme makeover for Alma Mater under wayAug 20, 2012 5:45 pm173 views Although the inscription on the base of the Alma Mater statue hasn’t changed, the statue’s location did Aug. 7 as workers lifted the 5-ton sculpture onto a truck and took it to Chicago for extensive conservation work.Ferreting out fake newsMar 23, 2017 9:00 am110 views Illinois computer science students Mark Craft and Qinglin Chen created an extension for the Chrome web browser to verify articles and pictures posted to Facebook. Even more impressive? They did it in less than 36 hours, as part of a student hackathon event hosted by Princeton University in November 2016. Finding the SourceMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm248 views History students unearth the unknown about artifacts on the WebForward march! Marching Illini strike up a lasting relationship with practice fieldJan 20, 2014 8:00 am71 views The University of Illinois Marching Illini provide the soundtrack for a long list of cherished football traditions. Gridiron games wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without the band leading the players out of the tunnel, playing “Imperial March” from “Star Wars” on third downs and of course “Oskee Wow Wow” after every touchdown. But the band is abandoning one lesser-known custom that dates back several generations – and everyone is happy to see this tradition go.Four kings of Illini Chess Club make move on elite stageAug 26, 2013 4:00 pm476 views Last spring, a Cinderella team from the U. of I. clinched a berth in the Final Four of a major college tournament. But this unheralded group of undergraduates used pawns, bishops and queens – not basketballs – to work their tournament magic.From Field to Market to Table: Students study post-harvest losses in IndiaAug 25, 2014 1:00 pm108 views Flowers. Groundnuts (peanuts). Wheat. And paddy (rice): These were the focus of a 10-day student excursion to India over the 2014 winter break. Business administration professor Udatta Palekar organized the trip with 15 undergraduate business students majoring in supply chain management.GAME ON: Students score as park district coachesAug 22, 2011 6:00 pm45 views It was the final game of the Urbana Park District basketball season, and Jordan Morris’ motley crew of third- and fourth-grade boys (at right) was winning. He watched them dribble, pass and deploy the pump fake and the jab step – moves he and his friends had taught them at practice – to almost double their opponent’s score.Getting personal: Beckwith assistants may receive more than they giveJan 27, 2014 4:00 pm22 views All students have their favorite places to escape the stress of finals week. But during a study break last December, senior Shelby Wills found herself in a place she had never imagined: in a swimming pool with a classmate who has a severe physical disability.Giving sustainability a hand: Student helps launch recycling program for disposable glovesJan 19, 2015 11:00 am228 views Madeline Kull didn’t know much about sustainability initiatives before starting an internship at the Illinois Sustainability Technology Center, but found that the field fit her like a recycled glove.Global health issues drive students around the worldJan 23, 2012 4:15 pm98 views On a campus of 40,000 undergraduates, a student organization can provide a grounding point. For the members of Frontiers International Health Society, it’s also a launch pad, sending students far beyond the lecture halls to apply their skills around the globe.